Improving men's health starts at home with individuals and families taking steps to live safer and healthier lives. Men can be safer, stronger, and healthier at work, home, and play by taking a few daily steps and getting care when needed. Improving men's health starts at home with individuals and families taking steps to live safer and healthier lives.
Steps to stay healthy
- Be smoke-free and avoid alcohol or drink in moderation
- Diabetes fast facts
- Eat what counts and stay physically active
- Get check-ups and vaccinations
- Have healthy relationships
- Keep boys healthy
- Know and undersand your health numbers (i.e. blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, Body Mass Index-BMI)
- Learn your family health history
- Manage stress and talk with someone you trust if you're having problems
- Pay attention to signs and symptoms that aren't normal for your body
The Oklahoma Family Planning Program is devoted to providing family planning services to males of reproductive age.
Services for Males Include
- Physical examination
- Instructions in testicular self-exams
- Examination of the prostate, as appropriate
- Screening for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV
- Education and counseling on methods to prevent pregnancy
- Preconception health for men
- Counseling and referrals
The program helps males make informed decisions regarding family planning services, being healthy and making good lifestyle choices. The program also promotes family involvement and provides community-based education and outreach activities.
Services are provided on a voluntary and confidential basis, and services will not be refused based on inability to pay.
Family Planning Services Locations
Oklahoma State Department of Health Fatherhood Initiative
In the fall of 2017, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Maternal and Child Health Service began developing a pilot program focused on fatherhood engagement. Although Maternal and Child Health has a stated focus on families, fathers have not had as much focus as mothers in program development. This project was aimed specifically to work with fathers who wanted to increase their level of engagement with their children, and ensure that the communication and relationship with their co-parent (married or not) is as positive, cooperative, and rooted in support for their shared children.
Current Program Information:
- Pilot programs have worked with men who have struggled with substance abuse, those who are incarcerated, young fathers, and fathers who want to better their relationship between themselves and their co-parent to best support their children.
- Participants engage in completing a curriculum with units centered around the importance of being intentional and taking deliberate action to shape their lives toward the way they want them to be, emotional safety, physical safety, and safety in their communities to provide the best environments for their children to thrive.
- Most importantly, the curriculum focuses on how to create closer, safer, more nurturing relationships with their children and finding the best ways of relating to children and co-parents.
You can find Fatherhood newsletters with information on tools for new fathers, information and research on how to promote positive communication between fathers and their children and the mothers of their children on this website.
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Perinatal and Reproductive Health Division
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: (405) 426-8111